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A.R.C. (Afterschool Recreation Club)

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Welcome to the City of Signal Hill Community Services Department's Afterschool Recreation Club (ARC).  ARC is an active recreation program for youth that encourages health and wellness through physical activity and nutrition.  ARC is also designed to help children develop social skills, a positive self image and a sense of community.  We build healthy, happy kids!

Registration has begun for our after school program.
Residents may register beginning July 10th
Non-Residents may register beginning July 24th

1st - 5th Grade ARC Registration form
Kinder ARC Registration form



  • ARC is an after school program for kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade who attend Alvarado and Signal Hill Elementary Schools.
  • ARC encourages health and fitness through fun, physical activity and balanced nutrition.
  • ARC is a safe, supervised environment for children to be in after school.
  • Pre-registration is required. Please call 562-989-7329 for information.
  • Fees for the 2016-2017 school year are available here

What do the kids do at A.R.C.?
  • Try out a variety of sports and activities such as soccer, basketball, track and field, martial arts, dance and yoga.
  • Enjoy arts & crafts and free play
  • Eat a healthy snack each day and learn how to prepare healthy snacks and meals at home.

The Staff

  • All staff have experience in working with children, are CPR/First Aid certified and participate in regular training.
  • Most of our staff have or are pursuing degrees in Recreation & Leisure studies, Education or other related fields.


  • Safety is our #1 priority!
  • All children are picked up at school and walked to the Signal Hill Youth Center by ARC staff.
  • Children are supervised at all times and are not permitted to leave the program unless they are signed out by an authorized adult.
  • Children spend most of the day in the Youth Center or on the field with staff.

Off Track Hours

  • The program is available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • $40 for residents and $50 for non-residents for one week of camp.
  • There may be optional activities offered throughout the year that may require an additional charge such as field trips or special events.

School Pick Up

  • Children are picked up at the main playground structure at their schools at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. on Thursday) and are escorted to the Signal Hill Youth Center by ARC staff.
  • Once a child is signed in at the Youth Center by ARC staff, they must remain on site and in program until they are signed out by an authorized adult.
  • If a child does not attend ARC on a particular day, parent must notify the ARC office before 9 a.m. so staff does not wait for the child after school.

Kinder Care
  • Monday through Friday - 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Bi-Weekly Fees (Kinder flyer)
    • $60 for Signal Hill Residents
    • $80 for non Signal Hill residents

Program Hours

  • School Day Hours (1st - 5th graders):
    • Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday - 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Thursday - 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 
  • Kinder Care Hours:
    • Monday through Friday - 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Off Track Hours:
    • Monday – Friday - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sample of Daily Schedule-Small Groups
In order to better facilitate a strong sense of community within the program, children will be placed in small groups with peers close to their age.  Each group will be referred to as a "Team".  Each team will start the day with a team meeting and then move through the day based on a schedule of activities developed around the children's interests. 

A Typical Day in Program
 Time  Blue Team (Kindergarten) Time Red Team (1st & 2nd Grade) Green Team (3rd to 5th Grade
1:30 Pick Up 2:00 Pick Up Pick Up
2:00 Free Play 2:45 Team Meeting, Youth Center Team Meeting, Community Center
2:30 Circle Time & Team Meating 3:00 Snack Snack
3:00 Snack 3:15 Outdoor Group Activity Indoor Group Activity
3:15 Indoor Group Activity 4:00 Homework, Youth Center Homework, Community Center
3:45 Homework 4:45 Indoor Group Activity Outdoor Group Activity
4:15 Outdoor Group Activity 5:15 Staff Choice Staff Choice
5:00 Staff Choice 5:45 Free Play Free Play
5:30 Parent pick up 6:00 Parent pick up Parent pick up

Register at the Signal Hill Youth Center:
1780 E. Hill Street
Signal Hill, CA 90755
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Call 562-989-7329 for more information

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